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Mark Wahlberg leads an all-star cast in this unforgettably powerful film inspired by a thrilling story of real-life heroes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. DEEPWATER HORIZON reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.
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The Fury of the Rig, Deepwater Surveillance, Work Like An American. --Lionsgate
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This movie is enlightening in that it depicts a glimpse into family lives of 2 workers prior to an off-shore assignment, a glimpse into work lives on an oil rig, the rig employee safety concerns, and depiction of the subsequent explosion and fire at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig. There is little character development as the movie is intentionally plot driven. Due to good casting, acting (especially Kurt Russell), and directing, the performances are effective and believable. The seemingly real special effects are outstanding, and the movie depicts injuries without resorting to graphic details. Following the conclusion of the movie, pictures of the 11 oil rig employees who had been killed are shown, enabling the viewer to reflect upon their tragic deaths, and to honor them. Also shown is brief information regarding BP and partners, the effects of the oil spill, and updates about surviving employees.
Although this movie was not intended to encompass the devastation following the actual explosion, an additional paragraph or two regarding the disastrous consequences could have effectively emphasized that, in addition to the tragic loss of human lives, there was loss of thousands of birds, dolphins, fish, crabs, shrimp, and turtles, loss of employment for those in the seafood and related industries, adverse effects upon local businesses, and significant damage to the ecosystem. It would have been enlightening for there to have been a statement or two about the amount of oil likely remaining in and under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and nearby effected waters, as well as an update regarding the current status of the capped well, and of the adversely effected ecosystem and seafood industry. This is important because effects of the disaster are still being felt today, and although you can no longer see the oil smears on top of the water now, 12 years later, you can be sure that a good amount of this oil is smeared along the coral and other parts of the ecosystem below the visible water. Although 2 senior officers on the Deep Horizon oil rig had been charged with manslaughter following the deaths of 11 persons who had been aboard the rig, no one ultimately received a prison sentence. A Civil trial held in New Orleans late February 2013 resulted in determination that BP, Transocean, and Halliburton were all negligent, with BP being 67% responsible and grossly negligent, Transocean 30% responsible, and Halliburton 3% responsible. BP agreed to pay fines in amount of $18.7 billion dollars, which then became the largest corporate settlement in United States history.
As far as the plot itself. It's ok no surprises because you know it's going to explode into a living hell.